This advice has been every where lately (I'm not picking on any one particular individual), offered from one 'experienced' author to a novice. The novice question:
How can one tell if he or she is REALLY a writer?
The answer from the wise and knowledgeable often goes like this:
Wait until the still of the night, the midnight hour, when all is quiet, when moonlight is streaming through the window in shiny shimmers of oily slivers with speckled gold sparkles, ask the spirit deep within, your heart, the question of which you speak. And if your heart cries out, YES! to the question, then you are truly a writer and that is what you must do and continue to do, from now and to forever, amen.
Baloney. It means you have an ego issue. Visit a shrink. I have to tell you folks, if you hear me crying out YES! in the middle of the night, lets just say writing or poetry has nothing to do with it.
Here's my thoughts on how to tell you are a writer: you write. You create. You dream. You think. You READ.
What do you think? How can you tell if you are a writer or spittin' at the fan?